February 2022 Issue
We know playgrounds are doing their job when they allow kids to take measured risks, stretching their boundaries and learning about their minds, bodies and relationships. Proper safety practices, including good surfacing and regular inspections are an essential part of the process.
Safe In (and Out of) the Water
Ensuring swimmers and staff are as safe as possible begins before the facility is even built, with careful attention to design. From there, best practices and well-trained lifeguards are the key to continuing success.
After a year of shutdowns, kids of all ages were happy to get back to playing sports. In addition to protecting them from illness, there are best practices to keep sports facilities safe, prevent injuries and encourage good sportsmanship.
The year 2020 delivered the coronavirus pandemic with its related staffing shortages, as well as a renewed drive to be more inclusive of diverse populations. Here's how facilities are carrying forward the lessons they learned.
Public art should be representative of the community where it is installed, which is why it is crucial to ensure your public art programs welcome a variety of voices and styles. Learn more about how to expand the scope of public art.
inPERSPECTIVE / FITNESS: Re-Imagining a Vital Industry
No one wants a boring exercise program. Motivating clients should be at the center of every fitness interaction, making it essential to work together to maintain engagement.
inSERVICE / The Association of Aquatic Professionals: Advancing the Profession
This month, the Association of Aquatic Professionals holds its 11th annual Conference and Expo, providing an educational and networking experience for aquatic professionals in St. Pete Beach, Fla.
Two Wisconsin YMCAs made use of buildings that were already in place to create new facilities while saving construction materials.
inPRACTICE / INCLUSIVE DESIGN: Where All Are Welcomed
This Indiana wellness center was the first in the state to feature inclusive locker rooms and restrooms.
The recent renovation of the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C., allowed the design team to try new approaches to masonry design.
The Chicago Soccer Initiative recently completed its 50th mini-pitch, part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s nationwide goal to create 1,000 mini-pitches by 2026.
From the Editor's Desk
We're bringing you a magazine chock-full of great stories and ideas to keep you occupied through the last long nights of winter.